High Donations a Welcome Salvation

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As many in the Salvation Army ring their bells harder to bring in some much needed money, the Brazos County effort has been far better than most places. They brought in $23,000 at this point last year.

"This year, we've done $37,000, so there's been an increase of about $15,000 over the last year," said local captain Gary Sturdivant.

And that's with people having emptied their pocket during the hurricane season, but Sturdivant says it was that time that gave people a better sense of what his organization is all about.

"So many people have come up to me when I've been out in the public now and said, 'I really never knew how much the Salvation Army actually does," Sturdivant said.

The big need now is volunteers locally. Mary Bustos and her kids decided to strike up the band to raise money.

"This makes my second year helping the Salvation Army, and this is just a last minute thought," Bustos said of the band. "My son thought he could bring more money in if he started playing his instruments."

But a number of bell ringers are being paid to bring in the bucks to help the less fortunate. It's a necessary step sometimes for agencies, but Sturdivant says more support from individuals and companies can't hurt.

"The hard part is during the week, during those daytime hours to get folks to ring, but there are some businesses that still pay their employees, and they come out for an hour and go back to work and they still get paid," Sturdivant said.

Sturdivant says if you'd like to volunteer, the Salvation Army is only a phone call away. As generous as people have been out of their pockets, time is always a welcome donation as well.